Optics Review

Meopta Meopro 80 HD Angled Spotting Scope

MeoPro 20-60×80 HD Spotting Scope from Meopta combines a 20-60x wide-angle eyepiece, extra-low dispersion HD glass lenses, and a nitrogen-filled housing to create a high-magnification zoom optic designed for low-light and weatherproof performance.

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The MeoPro Spotting Scope 80 HD comes with a 45-degree angle eyepiece assembly. This allows the scope to sit lower when mounted on a free standing tripod, such as the TP-1 provided with our test scope. Conversely, it makes aiming the scope somewhat more problematical, since the viewer is not looking straight through the optic. There is an aiming element (a tiny, solid rubber cylinder molded into the rubber armored body just behind the pull out lens hood) in Meopta Meopro Spotting Scopes to assist pointing the scope. This is so imprecise as to be useless, not to mention that was mis-aligned, pointing well above the optical axis of our test scope.

The Meopta MeoPro 80 HD is a well made, high quality spotting scope with good optical performance, ideal for outdoor life. Its smooth contours minimize its bulk, but there is no way to conceal its weight. The big 80mm objective makes this a heavy spotting scope and dramatically increases its cost.

Its benefit is improved performance in twilight conditions, a trade-off folks who consider a spotting scope their primary optic, for example bird watchers, are probably willing to accept. Those whose needs are less rigorous, such as recreational shooters who use a spotting scope as an accessory at the rifle range, will probably opt for a lighter, less expensive spotter.

The 80mm fluorite objective lens is engineered for maximum light-gathering ability and color fidelity. Lens elements are fully multi-coated with Meopta‘s proprietary MeoBright anti-reflective coating, which maximizes the light transmitted throughout the optical path and enhances image contrast. Exposed lens surfaces are also finished with their MeoShield scratch-resistant coating.

Durable construction and user-friendly design match the optical performance of the MeoPro 80 spotting scope. The retractable aluminum sunshade, long 18.5mm eye relief, and rotating/locking tripod collar make the MeoPro 80 a full-featured spotting scope for a wide range of outdoor observing tasks.

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